Lenzerheide recap: Our favorite stories from a chaotic World Cup

The TFR XC women were named the Best Team in Lenzerheide

There’s nothing like the chaos of a MTB World Cup double. For four straight days, a massive crowd roamed the downhill and cross country course barriers in Lenzerheide, enjoying non-stop racing among the best mountain bikers in the world. Properly sifting through all the action could be a part-time job by itself. Luckily, we’re here to help.

As usual, Trek athletes made some of the biggest headlines from the weekend. Loris Vergier was perhaps the biggest highlight, with a second-place finish that signaled huge potential for the rest of his season. But surrounding the result were other impressive debuts and team efforts from Trek Factory Racing riders. 

Enjoy some of our favorite stories and images from the weekend.

Jolanda Neff grinding away on her Top Fuel.

An always-upbeat Gwendalyn Gibson.

TFR XC named best women's team

Evie Richards, Gwendalyn Gibson and Jolanda Neff finished sixth, 14th and 18th, respectively, to turn in the best performance by any set of women teammates at the race. 

Richards finished just off the podium after taking fourth in Nové Mesto, confirming that she’s in top form heading into the meat of the World Cup circuit. Gibson returned to her regular place in the XCO top 15. And Neff turned in the third fastest final lap on a track that has historically been her nemesis. (Oh, and she loved racing it on a Top Fuel.)

All three riders are trending upwards ahead of Round 3 of the XC World Cup in Leogang this weekend. If they keep improving, it’ll be difficult to wrest the Top Team honors out of their grasp.

Bodhi Kuhn sending it in Lenzerheide.

Not old enough to drink it, but old enough to pop it.

Bodhi Kuhn takes 2nd in TFR DH debut

Bodhi Kuhn may be racing for Trek Factory Racing for the first time, but he was a regular under the team tent last year as a 17-year-old. Now a wise 18-year-old officially wearing the TFR kit, he wasn’t at all intimidated by the World Cup environment. Kuhn was the second fastest men’s junior racer of the weekend, finishing roughly 1.6 seconds behind Jordan Hauser.

Kuhn is gradually establishing himself as one of the most promising young downhill racers on the circuit, with strength and control that belies his age. Last year, the young Canadian’s best World Cup finish was third in Mont-Sainte-Anne. He has already upped the ante with six rounds still to go. We can’t wait to see what he does next.

Hattie Harnden flying the colors for Team GB.

Hattie Harden finishes 9th in DH debut

Hattie Harnden has already proven she’s a world-caliber cyclocross, XC and enduro racer. Now she can add downhill to the list. She took ninth in Lenzerheide while racing elite DH at a World Cup for the first time in her career, finishing nine seconds behind the winner, veteran Rachel Atherton. 

Harnden is already one of the best enduro riders in the world. In 2022, she finished third on the Enduro World Series overall standings while winning back-to-back races in Burke and Whistler. In Lenzerheide, she proved she may have a knack for handling an even bigger bike. One thing is for certain, she can’t wait to try even more DH events

There may not be a more versatile rider in the world. Harnden will be back on her Slash for Leogang, and she’ll no doubt be putting her newly-developed DH skills to good use on what’s sure to be an intimidating track.

Enjoy more images from Lenzerheide below: